From 29 June 2015 an enhanced practical driving test will commence across Queensland.
The new practical test will apply to cars, heavy vehicles and motorcycles.
It will place a stronger emphasis on high-risk manoeuvres, as well as safe driving skills and behaviours, including:
Introducing zero tolerance to speeding
This reflects the fact it is against the law to speed over the speed limit in any circumstances.
Not maintaining an appropriate following distance and not displaying appropriate hazard perception by introducing a specific repeat driving error for both criteria—resulting in a fail if a person commits the same error 4 times.
Introducing high speed merging
To be assessed if the infrastructure and/or traffic conditions are available.
In areas where infrastructure does not allow for a high speed merge, a left or right turn from a side road into a higher speed road is recommended as an alternative.
Reduce the minimum number of manoeuvres to be assessed from 3 to 2. Eg. turn around, U-turn, hill start, automatic gear change, reversing exercise and reverse park—1 of the manoeuvres must have a reversing component.
Specifically prescribe the minimum number of right and left turns that must be completed at certain intersection types—such as T-section and cross road intersections.
A greater emphasis on the driving examiners providing meaningful feedback to the candidate at the end of the test.
To help you develop the skills needed to pass the practical driving test and become a safer driver, it is suggested you read the relevant guide to the practical driving test you are taking:
This post was written by Hervey Bay Driving School